About your X-ray Exam

An X-ray exam is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body. When X-ray beams pass through your body, they are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through. Dense materials, such as bone and metal show up as white on X-rays while air in your lungs is displayed as black. Fat and muscle appear as shades of gray on the image.

The technologist ensures the X-ray system produces a safe level of radiation during your exam while obtaining an image for physicians to interpret.

Preparing for your X-ray Exam

No special preparation is required for your X-ray exam.

During your X-ray Exam

An X-ray procedure may take just a few minutes for a simple X-ray or longer for more-involved procedures. The technologist will assist you into the room and onto the table. The technologist will position your body to obtain the necessary views and may use pillows or sandbags to help you hold the position. During the X-ray exam, you remain still and sometimes hold your breath to avoid moving so that the image doesn’t blur. At the conclusion of your exam, the technologist will help you off the table.

After your X-ray Exam

A radiologist will interpret the images produced from your exam and will forward a report to your physician. Your physician will inform you of the results.

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